ATLANTA, Ga. — CATO released a report titled "Entrepreneurs and Regulations: Removing State and Local Barriers to New Businesses," which compares strengths of economies in states with burdensome regulations versus those in less regulated states. Among the Top 10 States for the lowest regulatory barriers are Georgia, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Indiana, Wyoming, Utah and Ohio. Georgia is ranked No. 1.

"As the top state for doing business for the past eight years — thanks to conservative leadership in the governor's office and the General Assembly — it is no surprise that Georgia's business environment continues to receive top marks," Gov. Brian Kemp said in announcing the news. "This report highlights Georgia's high ranking in ease of starting a business, labor and hiring laws, and licensing laws. Job creation and economic development in Georgia have remained strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are building on that momentum thanks to a world-class business environment that encourages investment, innovation and business creation."

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